Tributes paid to much loved Upton doctor

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Family and friends have paid tribute to a much loved doctor from Upton.

Dr Anthony Nugent died, aged 87, following a long illness at his home on March 10.

He was the doctor at Wood End Surgery from 1952 until his retirement.

Dr Nugent was born in Birstall and educated at St Bede’s Grammar School in Bradford before studying medicine at Leeds University.

He then spent two years in the army before taking up a position as a GP in the village. His funeral took place at St Joseph’s Church, Moorthorpe, last Thursday.

His wife Mary Nugent said: “He loved his job and the very foundations of the mining community.

“When he retired he said to me he wanted to stay in Upton, because he had great admiration for the people of the village. It was felt on both sides.

“Many of his former patients turned up at the funeral service to say goodbye to him. The church was full - it was a great tribute to him.”

Don Crossley, of Tower Avenue, Upton, said: “I’d like to express my sorrow at the death at Upton of Dr Nugent. Along with his two colleagues - Dr Armitage and Sister Jackson - we had a medical team which gave our village something to be proud of.

“That he stayed in the village after retirement came as no surprise, he held a special place in the heart of Upton.”